The Second Most Common Benefit Requested by Employees is Dental Insurance
Adding a benefit such a dental coverage also has the power to boost employee satisfaction and retain current employees. The SHRM report said that a better overall benefits package is the second leading reason, behind higher compensation, for employees to look for another job.
Attract and Retain Employees
For starters, it will give your business an edge in recruiting and retaining top talent in a competitive job market. Job seekers care about their benefits package more than how much they’ll be paid. They want robust employee benefits, specifically health and wellness benefits.
Consider these facts:
· 91% of employees rate health care benefits as important – Society of Human Resource Management’s 2017 Employee Benefits Report
· 58% of employees would take a job with lower pay but better benefits – 2017 Aflac Workforce Report
· 79% of consumers say it’s extremely important to have dental checkups – Delta Dental
If you provide a perk that competing companies don’t, you can position yourself as a more attractive option to potential employees. Dental coverage is an affordable way that small businesses can compete with larger companies when recruiting employees.
Improve Employee's Overall Health and Reduce Claims
Oral health has a strong link to overall health, so regular dental care is a critical component to keeping employees well
A National Association of Dental Plans report says Americans with dental benefits are more likely to go to the dentist, take their children to the dentist, receive restorative care, and experience greater overall health.
In contrast, those without dental benefits are:
· 67 percent more likely to have heart disease;
· 50 percent more likely to have osteoporosis; and
· 29 percent more likely to have diabetes.
The American Dental Association says that periodontitis – the advanced form of gum disease – is linked with heart disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia. Pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm or low-birth-weight babies.
If you help employees prevent gum disease and treat dental problems early, it benefits them, their families, and your business. Remember: If dental problems go untreated, they can develop into major problems and affect an employee’s overall health, which in turn can increase your company’s healthcare costs.
Increase Work Productivity
Delta Dental says that more than 90 million work hours are lost in the U.S. because of emergency or unplanned dental visits, and adults with poor oral health are more likely to miss work.
Offering dental coverage, in addition to health insurance and other ancillary coverage such as vision insurance, can keep workers healthy, reduce absenteeism and boost productivity.